Japan nuclear regulator advisers fear loss of its 'essential' independence

February 18, 2015 8:31 AM

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Japan nuclear regulator advisers fear loss of its 'essential' independence

TOKYO (Reuters) - International advisers to Japan's atomic regulator have raised concern a mandatory review of its performance could lead to a loss of independence for the body, which was set up in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

A lack of independent regulatory oversight of Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station north of Tokyo was to blame for the meltdowns after an earthquake and tsunami, an official inquiry into the disaster found.

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